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Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses

Google announced that it has made some tweaks to the Google Places Quality Guidelines, specifically for business names. The changes illustrate how you can add descriptors. Jade Wang announced the update ion a post on the Google Product Forums. Under …

‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out ‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out

The new Google Maps has been around since May in preview mode. It feels so long ago that it’s hard to even think of it as a new product at this point, but the company just announced that it is …

Matt Cutts: Backlinks Still Super Important To Search Quality Matt Cutts: Backlinks Still Super Important To Search Quality

In case you were wondering, backlinks are still really important to how Google views the quality of your site. Head of webspam Matt Cutts said as much in the latest “Webmaster Help” video, in which he discusses Google testing a …

Google Suggests You Watch ‘House Of Cards’ Online For Free At Stream-TV Over Netflix [Updated] Google Suggests You Watch ‘House Of Cards’ Online For Free At Stream-TV Over Netflix [Updated]

Update: Since this was first published, Google is now showing Netflix at the top of the organic results for the House of Cards example. It has also been brought to my attention that nobody is really using the “watch house …

Bing Launches 3 New Windows Phone Apps Bing Launches 3 New Windows Phone Apps

Microsoft just announced the launch of three new Bing Apps for Windows Phone 8: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness and Bing Travel. Bing Food & Drink includes 600,000 recipes, a wine guide to 1.5 million different bottles, …

Mayer Reportedly ‘Hates’ Microsoft Deal Mayer Reportedly ‘Hates’ Microsoft Deal

It’s been increasingly clear that Yahoo isn’t happy in its “Search Alliance” with Microsoft, a deal that is to last a total of ten years (it was announced in ’09) if it plays out. Last month, Kara Swisher, frequent bearer …

Google Says It Will Follow Five Redirects At The Same Time When Crawling Google Says It Will Follow Five Redirects At The Same Time When Crawling

About a year ago, Google put out a Webmaster Help video discussing PageRank as it relates to 301 redirects. Specifically, someone asked, “Roughly what percentage of PageRank is lost through a 301 redirect?” Google’s Matt Cutts responded, noting that it …

Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories

Late last month, Google announced that it was adding 1,000 new categories in the new Places dashboard for businesses. This is an effort to significantly expand the breadth of available categories internationally. The announcement was made in the Google product …

Yahoo Shares ‘House Of Cards’ Search Data Yahoo Shares ‘House Of Cards’ Search Data

If you’ve been on the Internet today, you’re probably aware that House of Cards: Season 2 has been released on Netflix. Yahoo is sharing some search data related to the show. In a blog post, Yahoo says searches for “house …

Donkey Cutts Is Donkey Kong With Matt Cutts Donkey Cutts Is Donkey Kong With Matt Cutts

Somebody has made a Donkey Kong game with Matt Cutts as the ape. It’s called, appropriately, Donkey Cutts. In the game, social signals increase your rank, and you get ten points for jumping over penguins and pandas, or lose the …

FairSearch Welcomes Google’s Publishing Of EU Agreement, Will Review And Criticize Later FairSearch Welcomes Google’s Publishing Of EU Agreement, Will Review And Criticize Later

As reported earlier, Google has made its full agreement with the EU publicly available. The proposal should keep Google from getting fined as the result of a three-year antitrust investigation, and includes: changes to AdSense terms making it easier for …

Come on, Google. Come on, Google.

Come on, Google. You’ve gotta do something about this Knowledge Graph situation. I’m all for quick easy knowledge, and believe it or not, I’m a fan of the concept behind the Knowledge Graph, but the execution just isn’t ready for …

Google Publishes Full Agreement With EU Google Publishes Full Agreement With EU

Last week, the EU announced that it had obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from Google over the three-year antitrust probe into the company’s search business. In other words, the European Commission is finally satisfied with what Google is offering to …

Valentine’s Day Google Doodle Shares Love Stories From Real People Valentine’s Day Google Doodle Shares Love Stories From Real People

Google’s Valentine’s Day doodle for the U.S. is unlike any other Doodle the company has offered before. The search engine has offered interactive doodles many times, but this one presents a series of candy hearts, each telling a different love …

Yahoo: People Are Searching For Netflix 71x More Than HBO Yahoo: People Are Searching For Netflix 71x More Than HBO

It would appear that consumers are very interested in the competition between Netflix and HBO, as searches for the two rivals are seeing a significant uptick, according to Yahoo. “People are interested in the ongoing ‘war’ between the two services …

Matt Cutts Talks About A Typical Day In Spam-Fighting Matt Cutts Talks About A Typical Day In Spam-Fighting

The latest “Webmaster Help” video from Google is an interesting (and long) one. Google webspam king Matt Cutts talks about a day in the life of someone on the webspam team. Here’s the set of questions he answers verbatim: What …

Bing: Atlanta Is The Nation’s Leader In Romantic Searches Bing: Atlanta Is The Nation’s Leader In Romantic Searches

What’s a romantic search? Is it a Web search for a dating site? Or perhaps tips on how to set up the perfect date? Whatever they are, Bing is tracking them. Bing revealed on Wednesday that it has tracked romantic …

Google Tells You How To Make Infinite Scroll More Search-Friendly Google Tells You How To Make Infinite Scroll More Search-Friendly

Does your site utilize infinite scroll? When does right, it improves the user experience, and saves users from having to click over to multiple pages to find the additional info they seek. Have you ever considered how it might affect …

FairSearch Wants To Know More About Google’s Proposal To EU FairSearch Wants To Know More About Google’s Proposal To EU

Last week, the EU announced that Google had offered what it considered “an improved commitments proposal” to end a three-year antitrust probe without the company having to pay a fine. While the EU did say it would inform complainants of …

Bing Says It’s Not Censoring Chinese Search Results In The U.S. Bing Says It’s Not Censoring Chinese Search Results In The U.S.
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If you know anything about the Internet, you’re well aware of the Great Firewall of China. The country polices what its citizens can and can not see on the Internet which means search engines wanting to operate in the country …

Google Search Appliance Gets Big Update With Version 7.2 Google Search Appliance Gets Big Update With Version 7.2

Google has launched a major update to the Google Search Appliance with version 7.2, aimed at making it easier for employees and customers to find documents and easier for businesses to organize data. The new version comes with improvements to …